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Spaces are limited. Please contact Beril Boz by 10 November 2020 to register. 

We are very excited to announce that Prof. Anita L. Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy​, University of Pennsylvania will join us in our first event of the MT20. 

In this session, Prof. Allen will discuss her distinguished research on one's responsibility to protect their own privacy. Prof. Allen investigated 'whether the notion that individuals have a moral obligation to protect their own information privacy is rendered utterly implausible by current and likely future Big Data practices; and whether a conception of an ethical duty to self-help in the Big Data context may be more pragmatically framed as a duty to be part of collective actions encouraging business and government to adopt more robust privacy protections and data security measures.' 


You may find some of her work on this topic below: 


Protecting One's Own Privacy in a Big Data Economy, 130 Harv. L. Rev. F. 71 (2016)

An Ethical Duty to Protect One's Own Information Privacy?, 64 ALA. L. Rev. 845 (2013)


Please also review: 'Endorsement: Vote no on Prop. 24. It's too soon to redo California's current internet privacy law' The San Diego Union-Tribune (15 October 2020)

Prof. Allen is an internationally renowned expert on privacy law and ethics, and is recognized for contributions to legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education. In July 2013, she was appointed Penn’s Vice Provost for Faculty, and in 2015, Chair of the Penn Provost’s Advisory Council on Arts, Culture and the Humanities. From 2010 to 2017, she served on President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in 2015 and elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. In 2017 Prof. Allen was elected Vice-President/President Elect of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. In 2015 she was on the summer faculty of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell. A two-year term as an Associate of the Johns Hopkins Humanities Center concluded in 2018. Her books include Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide (Oxford, 2011); Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2017); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax/Hyperion, 2004); Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988), the first monograph on privacy written by an American philosopher.